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The cost of nursing school depends on a wide variety of factors including the type of school you attend (public vs. private), the type of program you choose (certificate vs. degree program), where you live (state resident vs. non-resident), and whether you commute or live on campus. With this in mind, aspiring nursing professionals can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000+ per semester for tuition fees. Other expenses include $200-1,000 per semester for books and supplies, several thousand dollars per semester for housing, $2,500-10,000 per year for health insurance and living expenses, and a nominal fee of $50-200 for California nursing exams and licenses.

Thankfully the nursing profession is one of the most lucrative and stable career fields in the healthcare industry, and California's nurses are at the very top of the pay scale. California-based RNs average an impressive median salary of $94,310 per year, while licensed vocational nurses in the state average $51,620 per year. If you decide to begin your career as a certified nursing assistant, you can expect to earn a median salary of $28,210 per year.

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This means that no matter your choice of California nursing school, you can expect to earn an excellent return on your investment.

Below we've listed the California nursing schools that offer some of the region’s top accredited programs, and we've ranked them in order of the cost of attendance.

Featured Schools

Fresno

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Fresno
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $28,510, books and supplies $900, room and board $14,625
Clovis Adult Education
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $6,000, books and supplies $2,840, room and board $19,800
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Fresno Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $28,510
Clovis Adult Education Certificate in Vocational Nursing 18 months $6,000

Inland Empire

American Career College - Ontario
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $34,110, books and supplies $0, room and board $17,052
Four-D College - Colton
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (20-month program): tuition and fees $32,055, books and supplies $0, room and board $23,790
Four-D College - Victorville
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (20-month program): tuition and fees $32,055, books and supplies $0, room and board $23,790
Summit College - Colton
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $29,400, books and supplies $722, room and board $15,691
Nursing Assistant Certificate (14-month program): tuition and fees $798, books and supplies $0
California Nurses Educational Institute
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (17-month program): tuition and fees $29,000, books and supplies $300, room and board $20,097
Nursing Assistant Certificate (3-month program): tuition and fees $2,400, books and supplies $100
Concorde Career College - San Bernardino
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $28,806, books and supplies $2,785, room and board $15,225
Career Care Institute - Moreno Valley
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $27,888, books and supplies $1,032, room and board $16,072
North-West College - Riverside
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $27,662, books and supplies $1,450, room and board $18,270
Beaumont Adult School
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $21,020, books and supplies $4,988, room and board $21,924
Nursing Assistant Certificate (6-month program): tuition and fees $2,897, books and supplies $803
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (16-month program): tuition and fees $11,614, books and supplies $986, room and board $16,624
Nursing Assistant Certificate (4-month program): tuition and fees $1,280, books and supplies $337
School Program Length Tuition & fees
American Career College - Ontario Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $34,110
Four-D College - Colton Certificate in Vocational Nursing 20 months $32,055
Four-D College - Victorville Certificate in Vocational Nursing 20 months $32,055
Summit College - Colton Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $29,400
Nursing Assistant Certificate 14 months $798
California Nurses Educational Institute Certificate in Vocational Nursing 17 months $29,000
Nursing Assistant Certificate 3 months $2,400
Concorde Career College - San Bernardino Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $28,806
Career Care Institute - Moreno Valley Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $27,888
North-West College - Riverside Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $27,662
Beaumont Adult School Certificate in Vocational Nursing 18 months $21,020
Nursing Assistant Certificate 6 months $2,897
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program Certificate in Vocational Nursing 16 months $11,614
Nursing Assistant Certificate 4 months $1,280

Los Angeles County

American Career College - Los Angeles
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $34,110, books and supplies $0, room and board $17,052
American Career College - St. Francis in Lynwood
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (17-month program): tuition and fees $32,778, books and supplies $1,860, room and board $20,706
Nursing Assistant Certificate (2-month program): tuition and fees $1,056, books and supplies $498
Casa Loma College - Van Nuys
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $32,006, books and supplies $3,750, room and board $14,616
Brightwood College - North Hollywood
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $29,878, books and supplies $1,851
Glendale Career College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (16-month program): tuition and fees $29,400, books and supplies $0, room and board $19,488
Concorde Career College - North Hollywood
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $29,383, books and supplies $3,053, room and board $15,225
Advanced College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $28,595, books and supplies $1,516, room and board $10,283
Homestead Schools
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $28,500, books and supplies $0, room and board $12,144
Annenberg School of Nursing
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $28,390, books and supplies $1,210, room and board $19,476
Central Nursing College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $28,000, books and supplies $1,250, room and board $12,350
Career Care Institute - Lancaster
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $27,888, books and supplies $1,032, room and board $16,072
North-West College - Pomona
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $27,622, books and supplies $1,450
North-West College - Long Beach
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $27,622, books and supplies $1,450
North-West College - Pasadena
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $27,622, books and supplies $1,450
Valley College of Medical Careers
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $27,293, books and supplies $1,608, room and board $18,270
Angeles College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $26,720, books and supplies $630, room and board $11,250
Nursing Assistant Certificate (2-month program): tuition and fees $2,765, books and supplies $185
North-West College - West Covina
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $26,622, books and supplies $1,450, room and board $18,270
Career Development Institute
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $26,483, books and supplies $1,587, room and board $16,377
Nursing Assistant Certificate (2-month program): tuition and fees $2,879, books and supplies $671
Premiere Career College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $24,843, books and supplies $6,649, room and board $14,715
Trinity Vocational Center
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $24,565, books and supplies $800, room and board $15,530
CES College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $24,125, books and supplies $552, room and board $18,105
Infotech Career College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $24,100, books and supplies $2,800
Nursing Assistant Certificate (2-month program): tuition and fees $2,075, books and supplies $200
Medical Allied Career Center
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $23,997, books and supplies $1,628, room and board $15,834
Angeles Institute
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $22,950, books and supplies $3,229, room and board $10,000
Preferred College of Nursing - Carson
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $22,873, books and supplies $520, room and board $14,616
Nursing Assistant Certificate (4-month program): tuition and fees $1,254, books and supplies $115
Preferred College of Nursing - Los Angeles
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $22,873, books and supplies $520, room and board $14,616
Nursing Assistant Certificate (4-month program): tuition and fees $1,254, books and supplies $115
Preferred College of Nursing - Van Nuys
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $22,812, books and supplies $813, room and board $12,636
Marian College - Los Angeles
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $22,318, books and supplies $2,682, room and board $21,315
Marian College - Van Nuys
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $22,318, books and supplies $2,682, room and board $21,315
California Career College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $21,701, books and supplies $250, room and board $0
University of Antelope Valley
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $21,450, books and supplies $1,200
Downey Adult School
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $10,225, books and supplies $205
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $7,530, books and supplies $1,521
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program
Nursing Assistant Certificate (6-month program): tuition and fees $3,766, books and supplies $0
School Program Length Tuition & fees
American Career College - Los Angeles Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $34,110
American Career College - St. Francis in Lynwood Certificate in Vocational Nursing 17 months $32,778
Nursing Assistant Certificate 2 months $1,056
Casa Loma College - Van Nuys Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $32,006
Brightwood College - North Hollywood Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $29,878
Glendale Career College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 16 months $29,400
Concorde Career College - North Hollywood Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $29,383
Advanced College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $28,595
Homestead Schools Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $28,500
Annenberg School of Nursing Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $28,390
Central Nursing College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $28,000
Career Care Institute - Lancaster Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $27,888
North-West College - Pomona Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $27,622
North-West College - Long Beach Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $27,622
North-West College - Pasadena Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $27,622
Valley College of Medical Careers Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $27,293
Angeles College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 11 months $26,720
Nursing Assistant Certificate 2 months $2,765
North-West College - West Covina Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $26,622
Career Development Institute Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $26,483
Nursing Assistant Certificate 2 months $2,879
Premiere Career College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $24,843
Trinity Vocational Center Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $24,565
CES College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $24,125
Infotech Career College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $24,100
Nursing Assistant Certificate 2 months $2,075
Medical Allied Career Center Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $23,997
Angeles Institute Certificate in Vocational Nursing 10 months $22,950
Preferred College of Nursing - Carson Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $22,873
Nursing Assistant Certificate 4 months $1,254
Preferred College of Nursing - Los Angeles Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $22,873
Nursing Assistant Certificate 4 months $1,254
Preferred College of Nursing - Van Nuys Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $22,812
Marian College - Los Angeles Certificate in Vocational Nursing 18 months $22,318
Marian College - Van Nuys Certificate in Vocational Nursing 18 months $22,318
California Career College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 18 months $21,701
University of Antelope Valley Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $21,450
Downey Adult School Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $10,225
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $7,530
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program Nursing Assistant Certificate 6 months $3,766

Merced

WestMed College - Merced
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $30,358, books and supplies $500, room and board $16,443
School Program Length Tuition & fees
WestMed College - Merced Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $30,358

Modesto

Brightwood College - Modesto
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $30,315, books and supplies $1,445
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Modesto
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $28,510, books and supplies $900, room and board $14,625
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Brightwood College - Modesto Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $30,315
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Modesto Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $28,510

Orange County

American Career College - Orange County
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $34,110, books and supplies $0, room and board $17,052
Stanbridge University
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $32,105, books and supplies $1,805, room and board $6,500
Casa Loma College - Anaheim
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $32,006, books and supplies $3,750, room and board $14,616
Concorde Career College - Garden Grove
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $31,440, books and supplies $2,559, room and board $14,616
CNI College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $31,112, books and supplies $2,956, room and board $14,484
Summit College - Anaheim
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $29,400, books and supplies $722, room and board $15,691
Nursing Assistant Certificate (14-month program): tuition and fees $798, books and supplies $0
Pacific College
Diploma in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $28,500, books and supplies $0, room and board $13,000
School Program Length Tuition & fees
American Career College - Orange County Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $34,110
Stanbridge University Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $32,105
Casa Loma College - Anaheim Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $32,006
Concorde Career College - Garden Grove Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $31,440
CNI College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $31,112
Summit College - Anaheim Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $29,400
Nursing Assistant Certificate 14 months $798
Pacific College Diploma in Vocational Nursing 13 months $28,500

Oxnard / Thousand Oaks / Ventura area

Career Care Institute - Ventura
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $27,888, books and supplies $1,032, room and board $16,072
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Career Care Institute - Ventura Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $27,888

Sacramento

Carrington College - Sacramento
Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing (21-month program): tuition and fees $50,514, books and supplies $2,567
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $42,870, books and supplies $2,007
Brightwood College - Sacramento
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $30,240, books and supplies $1,515
Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (9-month program): tuition and fees $18,250, books and supplies $950
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Carrington College - Sacramento Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing 21 months $50,514
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $42,870
Brightwood College - Sacramento Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $30,240
Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center Certificate in Vocational Nursing 9 months $18,250

San Diego County

Brightwood College - San Diego
Associate's Degree in Nursing (23-month program): tuition and fees $54,501, books and supplies $3,185
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $32,912, books and supplies $1,650
Brightwood College - Vista
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $31,886, books and supplies $1,128
Concorde Career College - San Diego
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $30,717, books and supplies $2,885, room and board $15,225
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Brightwood College - San Diego Associate's Degree in Nursing 23 months $54,501
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $32,912
Brightwood College - Vista Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $31,886
Concorde Career College - San Diego Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $30,717

San Francisco Bay metro area

Carrington College - San Jose
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $42,870, books and supplies $2,007
WestMed College - San Jose
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $30,358, books and supplies $500, room and board $16,443
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Concord
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $28,510, books and supplies $900, room and board $14,625
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - San Mateo
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $28,510, books and supplies $900, room and board $14,625
NCP College of Nursing - Hayward
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $27,020, books and supplies $2,930, room and board $0
NCP College of Nursing - South San Francisco
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $25,020, books and supplies $3,000, room and board $0
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Carrington College - San Jose Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $42,870
WestMed College - San Jose Certificate in Vocational Nursing 14 months $30,358
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Concord Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $28,510
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - San Mateo Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $28,510
NCP College of Nursing - Hayward Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $27,020
NCP College of Nursing - South San Francisco Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $25,020

Vallejo / Fairfield area

Blake Austin College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $33,372, books and supplies $3,860, room and board $10,275
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Blake Austin College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $33,372
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